Glasgow-based designer Fraser Ross recently debuted a collection of synthetic organs that feature both human and animal attributes. For many designers, it is common to turn to nature as a source of inspiration. This project uses synthetic biology to explore the evolution of the human body.
Ross' series features seven conceptual organs, each of which is made from synthetic materials. These materials are inspired by natural biology and include everything from raspberries to broccoli. The organs feature human element and attributes from animals such as squids and spiders. As a result, some of the models are capable of carrying out additional functions such as squirting ink and spinning silk.
Although the synthetic organs may seem unusual, they serve as a commentary on the potential to genetically engineer artificial life and the ability to create living products out of artificial materials.